Ties can’t hold the Rambelles down

Defense sustains the team in the last two games

By Mingu Lee
On October 3, 2014

Photo by Marsalis Mahome: Jenny Kotowych gets the ball and continues
down the field for an attempt to score.

Photo by Marsalis Mahome: Sierra Anderson gets air to keep the ball from Midwestern State Defender.

The Rambelles’ defense held strong on Friday, Sept. 26 against the Midwestern State Mustangs.

Neither team scored in the game, breaking the winning streak for the Bells.

The shot ratio of 15:6 showed that the Rambelles controlled the ball for the majority of the game.

The teams’ offense was sharp as the ball moved swiftly from Ashley Exford to Selena Alvarez and then to Sierra Anderson.

“We are starting to communicate better and get in touch better with everything,” Exford said.

Elizabeth Rodriguez applied pressure to interrupt the opponent during the game while Lauren Perry defended the goal, never allowing the Mustangs to score.

After the game on Friday, the Rambelles shook it off and came back stronger, winning 3-0 against Texas- Permian Basin, Sunday Sep. 28 at the ASU Soccer Complex, making their record 7-1-0.

Although the Rambelles offense struggled during first half, missing several chances for a goal right before the post, they made three goals during the second half.

In the 52 Loni Byers, No. 9, made the first goal, with an assist from Brittany Martinez.

“I got lucky,” Byers said. “I didn’t think it was going in because I was towards the keeper.”

After the first goal the Rambelles accelerated their offense.

Jenny Kotowych opened a hole in UTPB’s defense, dribbled into the box and took a shot deflected off a UTPB defender’s head into the goal, scoring in the 75 minute.

Just two minutes after the second goal, Sierra Anderson made the final goal of the game after a pass from Tiffany Dang. The combination of the two stood out on the field, like the last game where they made two goals together against St. Mary’s University.

“I personally like assisting better just because I like to see the excitement on someone else’s face,” Dang said.

One of the most important things that the Rambelles consider while playing is teamwork in both defense and offense. The Rambelles emphasize teamwork and not individual players.

“Our defense teamwork is more important,” Lauren Perry, center defender, said. “Physicality is good but I think playing as team is much better.”

The Rambelles play again at 7p.m. on Friday, October 3 against Texas A&M-Commerce in ASU Soccer Complex.

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